The Finnish town that gave birth to mobile phone giant Nokia is giving all 1,300 of its municipal employees mobile phones as part of a plan to improve communication. The phones will be linked to fixed-line numbers.
The U.S. government said China will allow wireless carriers to choose which 3G wireless standard they use, rather than requiring carriers to use the TD-SCDMA standard. The pact came out of trade talks between the countries.
Vodafone Group is considering a move into fixed-line phone service as it seeks to shore up its position in established markets. The company said it plans to focus heavily on fixed/mobile convergence, although it hasn't indicated whether it will buy or lease Internet lines.
The wireless industry provided a glimpse of the future at CTIA WIRELESS 2006 in Las Vegas as companies unveiled mobile phones equipped with so-called "digital wallet" technology and other high-tech features. The devices reflect a trend toward handsets becoming all-in-one tools for everyday tasks.
Sprint Nextel Corp. has rolled out its GPS-based Family Locator Service, which will allow parents to keep track of their children's whereabouts via mobile phones or the Internet. Software for the service is provided by WaveMarket for $9.99 per month and can be downloaded to an array of handsets.
IMO is looking to change the wireless retail business by offering consumers a wide array handsets, snazzy stores and straight-forward advice about devices. IMO, which stands for Independent Mobile, has a goal of helping every customer leave the store with a personalized device that's ready for use immediately.